Charlie Weir
Title: Professor
First Name: Charlie
Surname: Weir
Position: Emeritus Professor of Economics
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263812

Duties and Responsibilities

Charlie Weir is Emeritus Professor of Economics. His research interests are in corporate governance and agency issues, the market for corporate control with special reference to public-to-private transactions, analyst independence and market regulation.

Research Interests

Professor Weir supervises a number of PhD students. Recent graduates include Omowunmi Adeola-Omole and Andrews Owusu.

His research interests are in Corporate Governance, Performance and Control including:

  • agency issues
  • firm performance
  • the market for corporate control
  • private equity impacts
  • corporate governance and stock market effects

Professor Weir has recently hosted visits from visiting scholars including Wenjing Xu (China) and Darren Henry (Australia).


Aberdeen City Council (2009) An analysis of the GAE system and its implications for local authority spending (£30,000).

British Academy: (2010-2011) Human capital and UK CEOs (£6940). With Dr Sasha Talavera, University of East Anglia and Dr Alexander Muravyev, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn.

External / Professional Roles

Affiliate at the Centre for Management Buyout Research at the University of Nottingham. 
Editorial Advisory Panel member of Management Decision.


Owusu, A and Weir C (in press) Agency costs, Ownership Structure and Corporate Governance Mechanisms in Ghana, International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation

Hou, T, McKnight, P, and Weir C (2016) Returns to buying upward revision and selling downward revision: Some preliminary evidence from Canada, Managerial Finance, 42, 1110-1124

Talavera, O, Weir, C and Xiong, L (2016) Time allocation and performance: the case of Chinese entrepreneurs, International Journal of the Economics of Business, 24, 27-51

Owusu, A and Weir C (2016) The Governance-Performance Relationship: Evidence from Ghana, Journal of Applied Accounting Research, 17, 285-310

Muravyev, A, Talavera, O and Weir C (2016) A Performance effects of appointing other firms’ executive directors to corporate boards: an analysis of UK firms, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 46, 25-45.

Weir, C., Jones, P. and Wright, M. (2015). Public to private transactions, private equity and financial health in the UK: an empirical analysis of the impact of going private. Journal of Management and Governance, 19(1), pp.91-112.  

Muravyev, A., Talavera, O. and Weir, C. (2014). Performance effects of appointing other firms’ executive directors to corporate boards: an analysis of UK firms. IZA DP No. 7962. Bonn, Germany; Institute for the Study of Labor.

Hou, T.C., MCKnight, P.J. and Weir, C. (2014). The impacts of stock characteristics and regulatory change on mutual fund herding in Taiwan. Applied Financial Economics, 24(3), pp.175-186. doi: 10.1080/09603107.2013.866201  Routledge. ISSN 0960-3107

OWUSU, A. and Weir, C. (2013). Do company directors underestimate the adoption of corporate governance provisions? A survey approach. Journal of Modern Accounting and Auditing, 9(11), pp. 1526-1534.

Schafer, D., Talavera, O. and Weir, C., 2011. Entrepreneurship, windfall gains and financial constraints: evidence from Germany. Economic Modelling, 28, pp. 2174–2180. doi:10.1016/j.econmod.2011.05.010  Elsevier.  ISSN: 0264-9993

Achleitner, A-K, Andres, C., Betzer, A. and Weir, C. (2011) Wealth effects of private equity investments on the German Stock Market, European Journal of Finance, 17, 217-239.

McKnight, P., Tavakoli, M. and Weir, C. (2010) Underwriting Relationships and Analyst Independence in Europe Financial Markets, Institutions and Instruments, 19, 189-213.

Wright, M. Weir, C., Amess, K. and Girma, S. (2009) Private Equity and Corporate Governance: Retrospect and Prospect, Corporate Governance: An International Review, 17, 353-375.

McKnight, P. and Weir, C. (2009) Agency costs, corporate governance mechanisms and ownership structure in large publicly quoted companies: a panel data analysis, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance 49, 135-158.

Weir, C. M., Wright, M. and Scholes, L (2008) Public-to-private buy-outs, distress costs and private equity. Applied Financial Economics, 18, 10, pp1-19.

Andres, C., Betzer, A and Weir, C.M. (2007) Shareholder wealth gains through better corporate governance – the case of European LBO transaction, Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, 21, 403-424.

Wright, M., Weir, C.M. and Burrows, A. (2007) Irrevocable commitments, going private and private equity, European Financial Management, 13, 757-775.

Weir, C. M. and Wright, M. (2006) Governance and Takeovers: Are Public to Private Transactions Different From Traditional Acquisitions of Listed Corporations?, Accounting and Business Research, 36, 289-307.

Weir, C.M., Laing, D. and Wright, M. (2005) Incentive effects, monitoring mechanisms and the market for corporate control: an analysis of the factors affecting public to private transactions in the UK, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 32, 909-943.

Weir, C.M., Laing, D. and McKnight, P.J. (2002) Internal and external governance mechanisms: their impact on the performance of large UK public companies, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 29, 579-611.